Your Life View - Toxic or Terrific
By Dr. William R. Kellas
What we feel, think and believe - our outlook in these areas - affects and is affected by the state of our physical bodies.
An understanding of how the emotional and spiritual can influence the physical aspects of illness, including the reasons and ways you may be holding onto your illness, can lead to change. Emotional and spiritual change in turn, can be the key to your physical healing which opens the door to greater overall health.
Certain non-physical components of your make-up can perpetuate your disease or help you overcome it.
How is emotional overload related to physical overload?
Have you ever felt you were in emotional overload? One crisis after another piles up until you reach a point where you feel like, "I just can't handle another thing!" This can show itself as depression or losing control and yelling and throwing things, accompanied by feelings of loneliness, resentment, guilt, and other unhealthy and debilitating emotions.
When the body is in toxic overload from chemicals, metals, and microorganisms, it, too, can reach a crisis - that "I can't handle any more" stage. The body and the mind can therefore react similarly. In addition, the cumulative effect of stressors - both physical and emotional - contributes to the state of total physical and emotional overload.
What, besides the emotional, defines the non-physical side of a person?
There is more to us than the sum total of our physical being. The non-physical side
encompasses both experiential and intangible attributes, such as:
-Spirituality - relationship with a higher power, or God, and a feeling that all things happen for a greater purpose, rather than by blind luck or chance.
-A sense of purpose or purposelessness; goals to strive for in achieving your life's vision; a sense of direction.
-Service to others vs. self-serving.
-Intellect - knowledge and curiosity motivating choices leading to achievement vs. fear of failing and looking stupid, causing an inability to make choices, often manifested in procrastination.
-Creativity - producing and appreciating beauty, vs. becoming closed off, stagnant and self-protected. In another and broader sense, creativity means opening up new possibilities and options, and seeing new ways of doing things.
-Social - warm caring relationships with friends and family, or hostility and a begrudging attitude leading to isolation.
-Pressure of stress, which can move us towards accomplishment or be a source of worry and debilitation.
-Habits and lifestyle - life supportive habits vs. destructive addic-tions.
Consider the human make-up in its three components - (1) the physical body; (2) the soul (comprised of mind, will and emotions) which through intellect and reason we receive and interpret input, and through out emotional make-up and the components of personality, gifts and creativity we make volitional choices through an act of our will tempered by conscience.
A third component is spirit - not God's but our own personal spiritual capacity to commune with the unseen, through which we can have access to a Higher Power/God.
The self can be defined as a combination of all these things - the inner expression encompassing heart, soul, intellect, reason, emotion, personality, gifts, creativity and will, while the outer expression is manifested in how one acts out, their image and fashion and reputation.
How are body, mind, and spirit interlinked?
Much evidence has accumulated to demonstrate that what goes on in the mind and spirit can have a direct physical effect on our health.
Prayer was found to have positive effects on people with high blood pressure, heart attacks, wounds, and headaches.
Thinking positively and believing in your healing has caused remission and healing of cancer and other diseases, as shown by the work of Dr. Bernie Siegel.
Willpower, a product of the mind, is responsible for many positive physical health changes as a result of being able to quit smoking, drinking alcohol, and overeating.
Norman Cousins, in his book "Anatomy of an Illness", described how laughter and humor worked for him and others in relieving debilitating disease.
Service to others can take your focus off your own problems and redirect it towards a higher purpose, and in the process bring about healing and peace of mind. "If you seek to save your own life you will lose it." In other words, by focusing outward you realize an expansion of life that is continually growing and open to new experiences versus an inner focus that produces an ingrown and stifled life. You lose the full experience of life in its fullest aspects because you are bound in a small cosmos of the self, and fail to realize the fullness of potential to which the human spirit can ascribe, and for which you were created. Could this create disharmony and an inner "disease" at odds with experiencing that full potential which might eventually be manifested in a state of physical disease? This is something to think about.
Optimism is important. It holds open the door of hope. One's own self-evaluation of health is a good predictor of well-being and future health. In other words, the healthier you think you are, the healthier you will probably be in the future .
Studies in England and the U.S. have shown that 50-75% of all health problems presented to a primary care facility have an emotional base or are social in origin, although they are being expressed in physical symptoms such as pain or illness .
In the overall scheme of things, our outlook has more to do with the outcome of our lives than most of us are aware of or willing to admit. There is also a lot going on behind the scenes that has a direct effect on body and mind, and is often manifested in the physical.
Hormones and prostaglandins connect the mind and body. Unresolved stress, such as worry, overworks the adrenal glands, which affects cortisol levels, and which, in turn, affects immune system function. And immune system function affects your entire body.
Adrenaline is a neurotransmitter which works in both the mind and body as a sort of junction box' between the two. In a kind of physical/mental domino effect, if you worry, cortisol is released, which can take away from the raw material, pregnenolone, which makes both cortisol and DHEA. Cortisol is an anti-inflammatory hormone which, like cortisone, suppresses the immune system. DHEA, on the other hand, can increase productive energy. A measurable physical change which can be picked up on hormone panel tests as well as affect your energy level and immune system can thus be determined by something as basic as your outlook.
How do the emotional steps to healing mirror the physical steps to healing?
Let's review the seven steps to healing which are discussed in greater detail in the
closing chapters of my book "Surviving The Toxic Crisis" :
1. Eliminate toxins and allergens from your environment and your life.
2. Clear toxins from your body.
3. Unblock pathways, clear allergies.
4. Nutritional/biochemical support.
5. Align and balance body structures.
6. Kill/control opportunistic pathogenic microorganisms.
7. Optimize and fine-tune, rebuild and reinoculate the system, for example by adding protective bacteria such as acidophilus and bifidus.
There are similar steps to psychological healing.
1. Control toxic environmental influences where possible.
2. Identify toxic attitudes, such as judgment, anger, fear, guilt, greed, or control, and eliminate them from your life. Replace them with positive attitudes.
3. Make choices that are within your control, but accept, forgive and make peace with that which isn't within your control.
4. Serve and support others and thus yourself through outward service and life purpose goal setting.
What are some of the factors beyond your control?
You are dealt a certain hand at birth. Most parents of more than one child can notice temperament differences between their children almost from birth, such as calm, fussy, shy, outgoing, easily frustrated, etc. It becomes clear that there are factors in who we are that have nothing to do with environment.
Some of the factors that influence who we are include: Gender - male, female Birth order Race and/or ethnic heritage Basic temperament Physical attributes - attractiveness, athletic ability, physical or mental handicaps
All of these things can have a bearing on how we live our lives and how we handle illness. In these areas we can learn to play the hand we're given with the cards we're dealt. Three out of four great Americans achieved their greatest success in compensation for, and/or in spite of, the givens.
William R. Kellas, PhD is the co-founder of the Center of Advanced Medicine in Encinitas, CA. He also hosts a weekly radio show, "Health Talk - A Second Opinion", heard on 12.10AM, in the San Diego and North County area, 99.5 FM in the Orange County - LA area, 12.40AM in the Riverside - San Bernardino County areas and 105.5 in the Lancaster-Palmdale area. Dr. Kellas is also the co-author of "Thriving In A Toxic World, Surviving The Toxic Crisis" and the author of "The Toxic Immune Syndrome Cookbook". He speaks to corporations, associations and conducts seminars worldwide. For more information on Dr. Kellas and his books call 1 (888) 244-4420, also check out our web site at www.ctradvmed.com
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